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Ed Husain seems to think that all Islamists eventually become terrorists. But why single them out? What about racists, left wing sympathisers, or even people who care about animals and the environment?

By Anshuman A Mondal   October 2008

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In his response to my article “A Muslim middle way?” (Prospect, August 2008), Ed Husain does not so much rebut my arguments as reassert his own. While Husain concedes that Islamism is a diverse phenomenon, he continues to insist: “it is a fact that Islamism, in all its diversity, has led to jihadism.” The implication is clear: whatever kind of Islamist you are, one day you will graduate to jihadism. Since all Islamist roads lead to the single destination of extremism, presumably “moderate” Islamism is a contradiction in terms—despite…

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